This month, Range Fuels, one of the first companies in a wave of startups that promised cheap biofuels made from sources such as wood chips rather than corn, shut its doors for good and was forced to auction off its assets.
Could hackers create a 'computer virus' that infects the human mind and turn victims into electronic zombies? One leading futurist thinks it's a terrifying possibility and is warning against such a thing in the not-too-distant future.
esearchers at Baylor College of Medicine found recently that if a molecule called PKR is inhibited, it leads to brain activity that leads to the formation of long-term memories in the adult brain. What's more, this molecule can be artificially bl
Within the next decade, virtually every type of cell in the human body will be harvested using pluripotent stem cells. The Cellular Dynamics corporation is at the forefront of this technology. In an interview with Sander Olson, Cellular Dynamics Vice
It will consist of dishes spread over a square kilometer of land in either South Africa or New Zealand - and will scan the sky 10,000 times faster than any existing telescope. Signals received by the SKA will be transferred to a central high perfo
A high level of this type of fat is known as central obesity, which is considered highly dangerous and has been linked to cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, inflammatory diseases and other obesity related dysfunctions, as well as alterations o
Psychopaths’ psychology reflects this. They are often drifters. They have a dread of commitment in work, friendship, or romance. They go for the quick buck and the one-night stand. They are impulsive and uninhibited, and bore easily. A psychopath is
The Russian space agency’s RadioAstron, launched in July, is the final piece of the biggest radio-telescope array ever assembled. The satellite’s 33-foot carbon-fiber dish antenna is small, but it connects it to a worldwide network of terrestrial tel
MIT researchers have built a camera with a visual capture rate of one trillion frames per second. That’s fast enough to watch photons travel the length of a one-liter bottle in the video below. In other words, absolutely nothing in the universe looks
esearchers compared peppermint aroma in one group to ylang-ylang aroma in another, while a third control group received no exposure to aroma. Peppermint was shown to increase alertness and memory, while ylang-ylang appeared to impair both.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the British futurist, once advised never to trust a scientist over thirty. Perhaps a further step can be taken and conversely assume to always trust a scientist under twenty—at least if that scientist happens to be named Angela
At the University of Stuttgart and the nearby Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, researchers are taking the notion of smaller, more compact engines to a micro-machinery extreme.
The asteroid Vesta was first discovered two centuries ago, but until NASA’s Dawn spacecraft arrived there earlier this year and began beaming back images and data
For the first time, researchers have been able to hack into the process of learning in the brain, using induced brain patterns to create a learned behavior. It’s not quite as advanced as an instant kung-fu download
Throughout history people learned by rote and repetition. That's about to change say excited researchers who see people boosting their knowledge and skills by simply downloading everything right into their brains. As knowledge about the brain contin
A revolutionary technology—now in the prototype stage—is called the 3D bio-printer. Some day in the not-too-distant-future you might need a new kidney, a liver, or a spleen. If you do, your doctor will simply scan your DNA, enter the parameters into
e lock, rather than the key, and thus would attack HIV-infected cells. Once these cells bound themselves to the toxic particles, the toxic particles would deliver toxic genes that would kill the HIV-infected cells.
found that treatment with silibinin, a major component of milk thistle, effectively treated wound development in lung cancer cells by halting the disease and preventing metastasis. Long known for its rejuvenating effects on the liver, milk thistle is
he team loaded a harmless, cold-related virus called adeno-associated virus (AAV) with genes that make potent antibodies to HIV. Then they used them to "infect" the leg muscles of mice with genes that pump out the antibodies.
Because of the mechanics of blood flow, when the blood supply is inadequate, which occurs with smoking, the tiniest veins often fail. This insufficiency results in a backup of old (venous) blood in the body part, causing it to turn purple. If the bac
This is because negative ions play an important role in the chemical reactions that take place in space, being highly significant in such processes as the formation of molecules from free atoms. These molecules may have been important building blocks
Humans are not very efficient. When we walk, we waste close to 20 watts of energy per second. Instead of turning all calories into lift or forward motion, we turn most of them into heat that’s quickly dissipated.
. A main finding of the paper is that the addition of silicon and zinc more than doubled the strength of the main material, calcium phosphate.
shown that cancer is a ‘parasitic disease’ that steals energy from the host—your body,” Dr. Lisanti said, “but this is the first time we’ve shown in human breast tissue that cancer cell mitochondria are calling the shots and could ultimately be manip
The sunshine seems to offer a more powerful healing effect than supplements: women who consumed less vitamin D but who got lots of sunshine had a 32 percent lower risk of breast cancer than dwelling in less sunny regions. However, the greatest protec
have received interest in our license agreements from 850 companies from 60 countries. They have already received an invitation for testing our products on the basis of a license for their country. We expect to sign contracts in 2012 and have already
In short, the modified genes affect only the female mosquitoes, rendering them flightless. The larvae hatch on the water, and the females are unable to leave, rendering them harmless to humans and leaving them to die. The males are unaffected, so the
Professor Doerig explained "We have shown that a crucial element that is required by malaria parasites to survive in the human blood stream is a group of enzymes called protein kinases. If we stop these proteins kinases from working then we kill the
the discovery reveals molecular components of an aging pathway that appears related to one that regulates longevity and lifespan in humans, according to Jef Boeke, Ph.D., professor of molecular biology, genetics and oncology, and director of the HiT
Thirty-five years ago, the U.S. government built a fleet of cars that were safer than anything on the road. Twenty-five years ago, the government shredded them in secret. Two escaped the crusher. This is their story. As Congress and the auto indus